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New Stop Smoking service launches in St Helens

02 April, 2015

City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC) celebrated the launch of their new Stop Smoking Service in St Helens yesterday.

CHCP CIC are the biggest provider of Stop Smoking Services locally and are delighted to be expanding their very successful services in Merseyside, where they already have a team in Knowsley. They will provide specialist stop smoking support, advice and training to encourage people in the St Helens area to quit. The service will be driven to achieve the three Public Health outcomes for tobacco: reducing smoking amongst adults, cutting the number of pregnant women who smoke and reducing smoking in 15-year-olds.

An event on 31st March saw the team from CHCP CIC officially launch the service, which started work on 1st April. St Helens residents will be able to use a range of tools and support to help them stop smoking, including walk-in clinics, digital services such as Quit Online and Quit Buddy, which allow people to quit via computers or mobile phones, and dedicated support for young people, pregnant women and their families and workplaces.

Giles Bridgeman, Head of Sexual and Public Health Services for CHCP CIC, said, ‘Last year we helped over 5,800 people to quit smoking in Hull, the East Riding and Knowsley so we know we have the relevant experiences and skills to deliver effective services. Our plan is to transfer our successful approach to the St Helens area and deliver a high quality service that’s valued by local people.’

City Health Care Partnership is not only the main Stop Smoking providers in Hull, it is also among the largest social enterprises in the country. All profits from its growing ventures are reinvested in services, staff and the local community and it is a co-owned business, with all permanent staff members given the opportunity to buy a £1 share in the company, giving them a real stake in its success.